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“Awesome trip with Captain Carl!!!”
Review of Jungle Land Panama

Jungle Land Panama
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Gamboa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is the by far the most complete day tour conducted on Lake Gatun of the Panama Canal. Tour the lake and see diversa flora, fauna and ships transiting the Canal. Witness history in the making with works to expand the canal. Visit Monkey Island and our award winning Floating Lodge. Enjoy a delicious Panamanian lunch and take part in our numerous activities at no additional charge, kayaking, fishing, swiming & Stand-up-Paddling.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 14, 2014

We had a great day with Captain Carl touring Gatun Lake, feeding the monkeys, kayaking, and relaxing on the floating house! We got to see and feed several different types of monkeys while out on Gatun Lake. We enjoyed seeing the construction of the widening and deepening of the lake so that the larger ships would have an easier time of passing through. It was surreal to be in such a small boat with the huge ships so close to us. It was really cool when it looked like we had come to a closed off alcove only to discover a tiny boat path through the vines and branches that took us to the lagoon with the floating house. At the floating house, we were fed a delicious typical Panamanian lunch. After lunch, we chose to go on the kayak tour to a waterfall. Neither my husband, daughter, nor I had ever kayaked before. They had a 3 person kayak that we used. Being complete novices, we found it difficult at times and steered ourselves into the very lush and DENSE vegetation that was growing on both sides of the very narrow pathway. We did eventually make it to the beautiful waterfall and enjoyed watching some of the others jump from the top of the waterfall into the lagoon below. On the return trip, my family did end up flipping our kayak after coming into contact with a tree and its very low branches. The scariest part was not knowing what wildlife was in the water with us! We received lots of help from the others that were on the kayak tour with us, and we safely made it back into the kayak. We did make it back to the floating house with no other incidents. A big Thanks to those that helped us when we needed it!!!

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

This was our 23 year old son's comment as we swept away the vines and branches and entered the lagoon and saw the house boat. If you travel the canal and this is the only other thing you do you will leave Panama extremely thrilled with your experience. (Talked to some parents of older teens and they did another tour but were so very disappointed). Our 16 year old daughter and 19 year old son all said this was the real Panama that they wanted to see...(Mom and Dad thought the canal would be great!) By the time we finished our week in Panama we had swam in the canal, kayaked in the canal, boated on the canal several times, etc. This truly added to our CANAL expereince. Well worth every penny!!! Great pictures were immediately facebooked by the kids. We were picked up at our rental apartment which was great as this is the jungle and it is not always clear where you should go. There was nothing on this tour that the average person with good health and little or no experience could not do. Met some great families, grandparents and young adults all enjoying the day here. So... bring your watershoes, a towel, camera, sunscreen, your old shorts/T-shirt and your PJ's have a blast! Next time we are sleeping here! (Just like those other people said!)

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went to Panama for adventure and Captain Carl delivered! We fed monkeys, kayaked in the rain forest and swam by a waterfall. The houseboat is amazing. Next time, we are sleeping there! I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the delicious lunch and beers for $1. Panama Travel Consultants put this on our itinerary and it was an excellent way to kick off our trip in Panama!

1  Thank akreuch
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Jungle Land excursion. We took our 2 younger kids and they too had such a nice time experiencing the wild monkeys up close and personal in their natural habitat. Getting to feed them was a dream come true! That said, older children would be more engaged and comfortable during such a long boat ride out to the Jungle Land barge.
Our lunch as wonderful and having the opportunity to kayak through some of the jungle was amazing, we highly recommend it.
Lastly, but not least was Captain Carl, his wit is second to none, and his knowledge along with his dry wisecracks make the trip a memory not to be forgotten. With his southern drawl, he easily slips into a Spanish that makes you giggle, not because he isn't fluent, but because it's entertaining to hear such a sexy language drawled.
For all the excursions we have taken during our travels, this by far surpasses them all, the "bang for your buck" is well spent.
And a quick thank you to both Ryan and Ralph for their contributions to our memories.

2  Thank ColleenR1970
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We arrived at Puerto Colon on a cruise ship and had pre-booked this trip to see some Panama Canal nature close up.
We were not disappointed. We met up with Captain Carl after a trip in a mini bus and boarded his boat on the Chagres River and travelled into the Gatun Lake.
Captain Carl was very knowledgeable and informative with an excellent sense of humour. He certainly kept us entertained throughout the day with lots of surprises.
We had an excellent lunch at his floating lodge and I have to say that I never never tasted such delicious pineapple (locally grown and freshly picked!)
I am not going to spoil this for anyone but, suffice to say, it was an extremely good day out and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Puerto Colon on a cruise ship.

2  Thank timetraveller_20110
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